Blue Ridge SWCD Meeting

The Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District Board will meet on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. at Ippy’s Restaurant, (next to the Rocky Mount Service Center) North Main Street, Rocky Mount, Va. Please wear face mask; also, social distancing is encouraged.

SIGN-UP for FY 2022 State BMP Cost Share

Rotational Grazing and Stream Exclusion

When:     Thursday, July 1 – Friday, September 3, 2021

APPOINTMENT ONLY to schedule an appointment contact:

  Michael Tabor,  Sr. Conservation Specialist, (540) 352-3323 or       

Allen Jackson, Conservation Technician, (540) 352-3329

NEW Planting Dates: Cover Crop planting dates extended by two weeks – Details provided during signup appointment.

 NEW Participant Cap: Raised to $150,000 per participant for FY22.

SIGN-UP PERIOD: Sign-up for BMP Cost Share or VA Tax Credits

 SIGN-UP PERIOD: Sign-up for BMP Cost Share or VA Tax Credits prior to September 3rd for the first round of ranking. Many programs offered.

REMINDER: Current Nutrient Management Plan is required for all cover crop participants in the VACS (Virginia Cost Share) programs or to receive specified VA State Tax Credits. Sign-up for cost share by September 3rd.

VA State Tax Credits: VA State Tax Credits available. Details provided

during signup appointment. Increased credits for FY22.

The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District sets priorities and objectives that are defined in a strategic plan.  An annual plan of work is completed by forming committees such as Budget, Soil Stewardship, Youth, Annual Report, Conservation Awards, Annual Tour, Newsletter, Scholarship, Personnel, and other committees as needed. The Board of Directors encourages land users to adopt Best Management Practices such as conservation tillage in their farm plans.   This District works from a budget to effectively manage funds, facilities and equipment.  The Blue Ridge SWCD supports the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board, and the National Association of Conservation Districts.  The directors attend area, state, and national meetings. The Commonwealth of Virginia supports the Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District through financial and administrative assistance provided by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Funding for the programs outlined in this report comes from a variety of sources, namely: DCR, local county governments, corporate sponsorship and donations.  Other funding comes from a variety of sources, mainly federal and state grants. All programs and services of the Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or handicap.